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Basic Bodies

LL Fantasy Pale WizardIt’s been a long while since I saw any of the SL bloggers discussing the basic Linden Labs created starter avatars. In fact, in one of the groups that I belong to there was a long discussion about even using a standard AV (as I think you all know, I like my standard AV, I find the mesh versions to be too idealised for my preferences.)

So here we go, I’ve tried on a bunch of the standard bodies so that you can see what they look like. It’s a heck of an improvement on the White Tee and Blue Jeans from back in the day… (And yes, the horse is actually part of the costume for the page riding the horse. It and the wings are ways that LL demonstrates Bento.)

If you want to give it a try yourself, just go to Me > Choose an Avatar in the menu (Standard Viewer). There’s plenty more to choose from, and they’re all actually quite low complexity too!

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Happy New Year!

Here’s wishing you all the very best for the New Year from the new leSabre Press HQ in Demorgan (SLURL), where you can find the Ethan Explores & Proud Ankylosaur in-world sites, as well as Ethan’s home, and the re-starting of Liberty Alpha (which is still under construction). Expect a full tour over the coming days!

Ethan’s New Year Photo:
Background: Rama (SLURL) #Selfie – Yes You (MP)
Happy New Year (MP) from Diesel Works (MP Store)
{what next} (SLURL) Oversized Baubles (MP)
Madpea (SLURL) Fireworks (MP)

Clothing: Zibska (SLURL) Trifle Blazer, Trousers, Orbit & Shoulder (MP Store)
Costarlos (SLURL) Leather Sandals Black (MP Store)
Akini (SLURL) Black Glasses (MP)

Happy New Year 4 Chez Moi

Background: Chez Moi (SLURL) 2018 Photo Booth (MP) from Shop & Hop
Barnesworth Anubis [ba] (SLURL) Carraway Bungalow (MP) with Snow Kit

Clothing: <MK> Mat Kungler Atelier (SLURL) – Hoenir (Previous Post)

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Season’s Greetings

It’s that time of year again, where the grid is covered by snow, presents wait to be opened and warm wooly clothes come out. Over at Proud Ankylosaur and Ethan Explores I’ve decorated for the season and I hope that you like the results. Feel free to visit!

Ethan is wearing:

Steve Skin by Unique Megastore
Bjorn Hair by Modulus
Holt Beard by ZK Store
ReVel Designs Glasses Black by Rebellion
Mesh Mens Zip Sweater with fabric change HUD (SLURL) by Adriatic Line
Christmas beard with lights by Boyberry
My Ripped Jean (SLURL) by Monso
Mens Red Socks by M Design Menswear
Classic Timbo boots by Illi

Sexy Boy

I rarely discuss the sensual side of SL, but I’ve been a fan of Mat Kungler for ages now and felt it was about time that I covered his creations. His clothing is primarily geared towards gay men (although he’s recently branched out into women’s clothing too).

I get a Tom of Finland vibe with some of his clothing, he creates hyper-sexualised clothing that (even when creating versions of femininity) leave the wearer feeling masculine and attractive.

He doesn’t appear to have a Marketplace store, but you can find his Blog here and his Flickr stream here. If you want to buy some of his clothes he has an Inworld Store (SLURL).

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Ethan’s Picks – MoM Nov 16

The Men Only Monthly event is open again and there’s a focus on Autumnal clothing – and there’s some really nice stuff in there. After buying my favourites I popped back to my home in Jsindo and took some pics for you. My picks from this round are the following three:

(From left to right):

[sYs] SLURL/MP
D-Zero Jacket – MoM
D-Zero Pants – MoM
D-Zero Boots – MoM

Hypnotik SLURL/MP
Coat Beige – MoM (Includes Colour Change HUD)
Casual_Pant.yellow – MoM

Ascend Fashion SLURL/MP
Ascend Evan Fur Hoodie #A – MoM
Ascend Classic Cargos Solo Black Tartan – MP

Menstuff Hunt Fall 2016 – Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, the last ever Menstuff hunt is running now until the end of November. I’ve been trying on some more of my hoard today and thought I should show you some more of the swag that you could grab for free or L$1!

I’ve carried on with using my Exposeur posing scenes as I really love them. If you’re interested, yesterday’ was The Elevator and today is Pipes. They don’t have an inworld store any more but you can still find them on the Marketplace.

So, without further ado… Here’s the next 10 items from the hunt:

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Store SLURLs:

Emerald Couture
DevilDesign (Marketplace Link)
EccenticiXi
sf Designs (rug by Caboodle from the Book of Daniel event.)
The Tahoma
Birth
Nivaro
Brocade Tiger
Hardcore Clothing
Island Swimwear

Menstuff Hunt Fall 2016 – Part 1

This month marks the last ever Menstuff hunt. So if you’re interested in going on a hunt where you know that everything is designed for men to wear then you’d better hurry up! I’m a bit late posting this (which is why I’ve opted for a short 10 item post today) – You’ve only got to the 30th November to complete it!

There’s a lot of different styles of jeans in this hunt, so if you’re looking to update your lower torso then I’m sure you’ll find something of interest! Don’t worry the tops covered too. In fact I thing you can completely redress your Avi with something that interest you more than twice over.

As always, the photos aren’t great quality, because I’m not a photographer and don’t have all the tools. But, despite the quality, if you’re still interested then head across to the Menstuff Hunt Hints website and get collecting!

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Store SLURLs:

Mirco Dinzeo
It’s Gau
Mirus
Horr
TrAsHeD
Blacklist
D2T Designs
Vero Modero
A&A Designs
Arcadian Rapture

 

Customer Service? Not in SL!

WARNING – This is a complaint about a clothes retailer in SL. The conclusion to it is, if you want to find good quality, cheap clothes and receive great service – go to AdN Designs instead!

brii-protest_001Back in May I wrote about Brii. I was impressed by Brianna Pass’ designs and her fantastic prices. I joined her group so that I could get updates and see when new male clothes were released. She sent out regular notifications, mostly for women, but every so often she’d send out an update for men.

Over the last couple of days her group hit 33,000 members and she (quite rightly) wanted to celebrate. So, for the last 24 hours I received three batches of notifications about the free gifts that were available. There was one notification for each gift. And each and every gift was for women. That’s thirty notifications in 24 hours, none of which were relevant to me. So I called this out in the group chat…

[16:06] Ethan leSabre (ethan.lesabre): Could I ask how many times we’re going to be spammed with the 33k members messages please? Especially as not a single one of the celebratory gifts are for men.

I received a reply from another group member informing me that there was an x button in chat if I wasn’t happy. So I replied: I’m fully aware of that USERNAME DELETED, however that’s the third batch of notices that I’ve had to x anywhere from 7-10 messages from Brii.

The same member of the group replied that Brii was the owner and that she could do it 10 times if she wants. I replied with what I thought was a fair and polite response: And we’re the customers, we can express an opinion. And notices line up while you’re offline, I would be fine with Messages in chat, but these are notifications.

At which point I was summarily kicked from the group. No warning, no discourse, just:

[16:14] Brianna Pass (brianna.passiflora): You have been ejected from ‘** Brii Underground Wear **’ by BRIANNA Passiflora.

The conversation from this point demonstrates the disdain that she shows towards her customers and is the point where I became more impolite (actual text “conversation” in bold):

[16:14] Ethan leSabre (ethan.lesabre): Ejected, for an opinion?
[16:14] Brianna Pass (brianna.passiflora): I’m **Brii Underground Wear** Designer. Send me your NC. Thank You !
[16:15] Brianna Pass (brianna.passiflora): I solved your problem
brii-protest_001[16:17] Ethan leSabre (ethan.lesabre): That’s fine by me. If you get the chance to review your payment history and can search for me you will find that I have spent quite a lot of money in your store in the past – hence why I joined your group. So you’ve also solved the problem of me deciding where to spend my L$. You could have, instead, maybe taken on board the feedback.

So, of course, I received a very reasoned and well considered response:

[16:17] Brianna Pass (brianna.passiflora): MUTED

To conclude, as I said at the start of this post – if you’re looking for cheap, well made, fun clothes – then Adabetha Nayl not only has a better range for men (240 pieces at the moment compared to Brii’s 113), but also doesn’t clog your notifications up with a million notices. So go to AdN Designs instead! 🙂

 

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Time to Deco(c)rate

 

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Charmed Archway & Fence set by Raven Wood (LI13 & 2ea)

 

So, after the success of the SwagBagsMadPea have released another mystery crate. It’s the same price as the SwagBag (L$1,500 before release, L$3,000 after release) and it’s filled with great stuff from some of SL’s Top Designers.

This month’s theme was “November Rain” and the designers really ran away with the theme, designing everything from gazebos and umbrellas to set pieces and furniture to cuddle up and watch the rain through the window from. They’re all absolutely beautiful, however – one word of warning, quite a few of them will eat up your extra prim allowance that LL have provided us with!

Anyway, let’s get some links to the designers:

:revival:
.random.Matter.
8f8
Cheeky Pea
[keke]
[Schultz Bros.]
ARIA
BackBone
Botanical
{anc}
GOOSE
Ex Machina
Pewpew!
Raven Wood
Second Spaces

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SwagBag November

So, the November SwagBag came out a few days ago and I completely forgot to open it. I rather like this one, it’s not my usual type of purchase, but it works really well with the new look that I’m giving to the Ethan Explores site.(SLURL)

The building is the Dark Corporation Boardwalk Shop, but everything else is from this month’s SwagBag. The theme for this month was Man Cave (and I think that you’ll understand why it’s not my usual thing). And there wasn’t much clothing in the box.

There was however a fantastic selection of décor from some really big names (you’ll see who in a second!) And I must admit, although I loved the others, I think I’m going to get more use out of this one than any of the others. The items aren’t just beautiful, they have some fantastic poses attached to them, not just the usual sitting, there’s a lot of longing available in this set! But first, let’s get the pictures:

Drot – Harvest Hair, Breath – Man cave knit shirt, Etham – Lazy Days Pants, 22769 [Bauwerk] Mancave Lounger chair & sidetable,  Thor Mancave set with fridge, sofa, coffee table and more, and last but not least, Pewpew! Bat Bed and Flag.